Aug 5, 2013 5:00pm PDT
on to detroit. the city is bankrupt, and finances are in the hands of a manager, but even so voters will turn out for a primary to choose a new mayor. what power would the new mayor wield and who wants that job anyway? >> some really good people want the job. it's quite remarkable. a former sheriff. a form prosecuting attorney. a number of state legislators. really quite -- quite an impressive field considering the reality of the circumstance, which is that governor rick snyder, a conservative republican governor has used a law that he wrote, governor snyder, that the people of michigan rejected in a referendum, that the people of detroit rejected by a 4-1 margin. he has rewritten the law and imposed it. it allows him to take control of the city of detroit's governance and basically steer it whatever direction he wants. most of the candidates for mayor think steering it towards bankruptcy is a bad idea. but in reality they are running for an office where they will basically be spectators to the governance of their city. that's a tragic circumstance. it is anti-democratic at the most extreme.